Beats & Pieces and Sid Peacock's Surge
Jez Nelson presents performances by two up-and-coming British big bands: Beats & Pieces and Sid Peacock's Surge.
Since emerging from the Manchester student scene in 2008, Beats & Pieces has developed a growing reputation for its fresh approach to the big-band genre. Bandleader Ben Cottrell's music embraces the influence of artists such as Radiohead and Bjork as well as British jazz from Loose Tubes to Led Bib. This gig sees them playing in front of their home crowd at the Royal Northern College of Music.
Sid Peacock's Surge is another of the UK's most exciting large ensembles. Peacock is a Northern Irish composer now based in Birmingham, writing kaleidoscopic music that combines an avant-garde edge with party-like energy. The band includes strings and African percussion alongside more traditional big-band instruments, here performing in an exclusive session recorded late last year.
Presenter: Jez Nelson
Producers: Peggy Sutton & Chris Elcombe.